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A Beautiful Friendship: The Kudu Anthology (1971-1976)

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A Beautiful Friendship: The Kudu Anthology (1971-1976)
A Beautiful Friendship: The Kudu Anthology (1971-1976)


SoulMusic Records is very proud to present A Beautiful Friendship: The Kudu Anthology, 1971-1976, a 2-CD homage to the late, great Esther Phillips drawn from the most productive and successful period of her three-and-a-half decades-long career, the five years she spent with Kudu Records, an imprint of the legendary CTI label. Highlights include Esthers bitingly honest reading of Gil Scott-Herons Home Is Where The Hatred Is, which she considered one of the most challenging songs to record, given her own history with drug addiction. The track has been frequently sampled and remains one of the most amazing performances Esther gave on record. Esthers Kudu charted singles from her 1975 globally successful disco-slanted revival of Dinah Washingtons What A Diffrence A Day Makes to covers of The Originals 1969 Motown hit, Baby, Im For Real and Eddie Floyds gender-switched Ive Never Found A Man (To Love Me Like You Do) - are also featured. Two rare live recordings from a 1972 appearance at a CTI All-Stars concert at The Hollywood Bowl with five tracks from Esthers classic 1973 Black-Eyed Blues LP, recorded with former members of King Crimson, are among other standouts. Extensive notes by Nathan include quotes from rock organist Tim Hinkley (who played on the album sessions) and from 70s interviews with Esther herself.


  1. Name
  2. Home Is Where the Hatred Is
  3. From a Whisper to a Scream
  4. That's All Right With Me
  5. 'til My Back Ain't Got No Bone
  6. Baby, I'm for Real
  7. Scarred Knees
  8. How Blue Can You Get?
  9. A Beautiful Friendship
  10. Use Me
  11. I Don't Want to Do Wrong
  12. Let Me in Your Life
  13. I've Never Found a Man (to Love Me Like You Do)
  14. Alone Again (Naturally)
  15. Georgia Rose
  16. Cherry Red (Live)
  17. God Bless the Child (Live)
  18. Justified
  19. Black-Eyed Blues
  20. Too Many Roads
  21. You Could Have Had Me, Baby
  22. Tangle in Your Lifeline
  23. Can't Trust Your Neighbor With Your Baby
  24. I Feel the Same
  25. Disposable Society
  26. What a Diff'rence a Day Makes (Single Edit)
  27. You're Coming Home
  28. Turn Around, Look at Me
  29. Pure Natural Love
  30. Fever
  31. All the Way Down (Single Edit)
  32. Boy, I Really Tied One on
  33. Magic's in the Air
  34. I Haven't Got Anything Better to Do
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